Before the advent of the superhero cinematic universes in the film industry, there were attempts to bring these characters to the big screen for the world to know of their presence and significance. Veteran star Michael Keaton is one of the crucial parts in bringing the vision of these comic book characters to life for the masses, thanks to his portrayal of Batman.
Donning the mask and the cape for one of the first outings of the character into the world of cinema in the 1989 superhit film Batman, the star forever left a legacy as one of the most iconic characters in the film industry. But when it came to his return as the vigilante of Gotham City, the DCU seems to have done him an injustice by paying him less than his role in the MCU.
Michael Keaton Was Paid Less For His Return As Batman Than His Role In Spider-Man: Homecoming!
After the first film adaptation featuring the caped crusader all the way back in 1966, the influence of Batman on the populous started to wane, until the year 1989, when Michael Keaton brought the beloved character back to the big screen with Batman. And after his appearance since then, the world has never dared forget about the Dark Knight, with so many iterations of the superhero that have graced cinemas. Therefore, when it comes to being appropriately compensated for his contributions, it seems like the DCU made a mistake when they paid the actor a measly $2 Million for his return as the character he helped build, while he was paid six times that amount for just one film in the MCU.
As many many might remember, the Beetlejuice star was part of Marvel Studios’ first installment in its new Spider-Man franchise in 2017 in the form of Adrian Toomes, a.k.a, The Vulture. For his appearance as the main villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he was paid a whopping $12 Million paycheck. But then, on the other side, when he was all set to make a return as Batman in the cancelled Batgirl in a cameo, he was reportedly offered a $2 Million deal.
While this was reportedly a short cameo that only took a week’s worth of shooting for the Birdman star, it still seems a bit stingy for a company as big as Warner Bros. to reciprocate Keaton’s past efforts with such low compensation.
What To Expect From The Flash?
While Batgirl may no longer be in the cards for the DCU, Michael Keaton is all set to make his return to the big screen as Batman in the upcoming The Flash. With his appearance confirmed through the action-packed trailers that Warner Bros. Discovery has released over the months, people are more hyped than ever before for the film to hit theatres. Along with this, we are going to also see many familiar and new faces at the end of the DCEU with the movie’s release.
The Flash, in cinemas on 16th June 2023.